Planning Ethics - Dealing With Problem Boards and Board Members

APA Connecticut Chapter


Sunday, January 1, 2017, midnight
Sunday, December 31, 2017, midnight CST

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Have you ever faced a situation where a board member—or the entire board—goes rogue, veering into unethical or even illegal territory?  As an AICP member, what is your role and what are your responsibilities when this occurs?  We will explore these issues through three video scenarios, discussion among a panel of experts, audience participation through interactive polling, and an opportunity to pose your own questions to the panel.

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Kristin Kassner

Confirmed Speaker

Kristin E. Kassner, AICP - Kristin is currently the President of the APA-MA Chapter and Planning Director for the Town of Burlington. She has over 13 years of local government experience, including broad based responsibilities Long Range & Master Planning, Coalition & Consensus Building, Economic Development and Development & Permitting. Prior to becoming President, Kristin was involved in APA-MA for many years as, the first APA-MA Young Planners Group Chair, Secretary and Professional Development Officer. She helps to coordinate the APA-MA annual American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Exam Prep and teaches Citizen Planning Training Collaborative Workshops. She has a B.A. in Urban Planning and Geography from Miami University (OH) and an M.A in Urban Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.

Nancy Letendre

Confirmed Speaker

Nancy E. Letendre, Esq., AICP, is an attorney with the Cranston, Rhode Island firm McGunagle Hentz, PC, and a consultant with Mason & Associates, Inc. an environmental and planning firm based in North Scituate, Rhode Island. Ms. Letendre’s practice combines the skills of an experienced land use attorney with those of a professional planner. She has over 18 years of experience as an attorney focusing on municipal land use law and has been an AICP certified planner since 2007. She has experience in all aspects of the land development, subdivision and zoning approval processes with particular interest in planning for housing and historical and cultural resource preservation. Nancy has been extensively involved with state land use policy including the land use review and comprehensive planning processes and affordable housing. A planning educator – Nancy has worked with Grow Smart Rhode Island on the development and presentation of land use training programs since 2000. Nancy Letendre is the Immediate Past President of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Planning Association, and a member of the APA Law and Planning Division.

Robert Mitchell

Confirmed Speaker

Robert P. Mitchell, FAICP is the Principal of his planning consulting business in Boston MA and a Fellow of AICP. In addition he is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Massachusetts Department of Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning. With over 30 years experience at the state, regional and local levels and non-profit organizations, he specializes in land use issues; comprehensive & strategic planning; innovative zoning tools and techniques; and sustainable development. Additionally he provides training programs to public officials and professionals on land use, ethics, and meeting management topics. He has been the Planning Director for both Burlington VT and Amherst MA and was the former Special Assistant for Sustainable Development for the State of Massachusetts. He is a Council member on the Boston region Metropolitan Area Planning Council. He is co-author of the Guidebook to Massachusetts Land Planning & Zoning.